—> According to verse 3, what is necessary for repentance to be real? Why? What is the relationship between repentance and action?
—> Why do you think the abrasive words of John would cause some people to repent? How would these words prepare the way for the Lord?
—> Why might the people be wondering if John were the Christ? According to verses 15-18, what was John’s position in relation to Jesus? How would this “prepare the way for the Lord”?
—> Why do you think God would allow John to be locked up? In what way would this help to “prepare the way for the Lord’?
—> Who have been John the Baptists in your life— people who have shown you the way, led you to Christ, kicked you in the pants, etc?
—> What might be John’s message to you? What would he say you could do specifically to show Christian love and repentance?
—> What one action will you take this week to “produced fruit in keeping with your repentance”?
[Source: Serendipity Bible, pp. 136-138]